Nassim Nicholas Taleb Sayings and Quotes

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The grandchildren should not bear the debts of the grandparents.     

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The grandchildren should not bear the debts of the grandparents.     

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You find peace by coming to terms with what you don't know.     

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Injecting some confusion stabilizes the system.     

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...maximize the serendipity around you.     

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Half of the people lie with their lips; the other half with their tears.     

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What fools call wasting time is most often the best investment.     

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true humility is when you can surprise yourself more than others; the rest is either shyness or good marketing     

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Wit seduces by signaling intelligence without nerdiness.     

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My best definition of a nerd: someone who asks you to explain an aphorism.     

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Charm is the ability to insult people without offending them; nerdiness the reverse.     

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Love without sacrifice is like theft.     

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Missing a train is only painful if you run after it! Likewise, not matching the idea of success others expect from you is only painful if that's what you are seeking.     

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My best definition of a nerd: someone who asks you to explain an aphorism.     

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The imagination of the genius vastly surpasses his intellect; the intellect of the academic vastly surpasses his imagination.     

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The fool generalizes the particular; the nerd particularizes the general; some do both; and the wise does neither.     

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Charm is the ability to insult people without offending them; nerdiness the reverse.     

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Stoicism is about the domestication of emotions, not their elimination.     

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A stoic is someone who transforms fear into prudence, pain into transformation, mistakes into initiation, and desire into undertaking.     

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Restaurants get you in with food to sell you liquor; religions get you in with belief to sell you rules.     

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Debt is a mistake between lender and borrower, and both should suffer.     

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Most people are sceptical about the wrong things and gullible about the wrong things.     

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The difference between technology and slavery is that slaves are fully aware that they are not free.     

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It's not a good idea to take a forecast from someone wearing a tie. If possible, tease people who take themselves and their knowledge too seriously.     

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Information is antifragile; it feeds more on attempts to harm it than it does on efforts to promote it.     

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Charm is the ability to insult people without offending them; nerdiness the reverse     

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Banking is a very treacherous business because you don't realize it is risky until it is too late. It is like calm waters that deliver huge storms.     

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A prophet is not someone with special visions, just someone blind to most of what others see.     

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Difficulty is what wakes up the genius.     

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Private equity has absolutely no reason to exist. The private equity holder has all the upside and the banks all the downside.      

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